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alpha-hydroxy acid

(ăl′fə-hī-drŏk′sē)
n. Abbr. AHA
Any of various acids, such as citric acid or glycolic acid, that contain a hydroxyl group adjacent to the carboxyl group and are often used in exfoliants and other cosmetics.

alpha-hydroxy acid

Abbreviation: AHA
Any of a class of water-soluble acids derived from fruit or milk, having a hydroxyl moiety in the first position in the molecule. AHAs are used in chemical peels and other skin care products to remove the outer layer of the epidermis. This chemical exfoliation is promoted for its cosmetic effects on wrinkled or sun-damaged skin.
See also: acid
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Formulated with Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, Collagen and Vitamin E
Murad noted that the most popular alpha-hydroxy acids for the skin include glycolic acid, from sugarcane, and lactic acid, from milk.
Tomatoes also have alpha-hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, that helps to clear pores and remove dead skin cells.
who are widely recognized as pioneers in alpha-hydroxy acid skin care technology and the inventors of more than 125 patents relating to alpha-hydroxy acids and other skin care technology.
Alpha-hydroxy acids repair and rejuvenate the skin to reveal a toned, even complexion with a smooth contour and vibrant glow.
Whether a product costs $9 or $99, according to the doctor, there are three key ingredients to consider: vitamin C (also known as L-ascorbic acid), alpha-hydroxy acids (also known as AHAs, fruit acids and glycolic acid), and retinoids or retinol-like compounds (tretinoin, retinol).
You may have noticed one major omission from our regime that's probably a big part of your programme - products containing alpha-hydroxy acids.
Recent treatments, such as the alpha-hydroxy acids and retinoic acids, can help the skin avoid cracking and give it a more youthful appearance, but the best treatment of all, says the American Academy of Dermatology, is simply to avoid excessive sun exposure.
But what sets Dermalleve apart from other topical treatments is its patent-pending blend of natural ingredients, including alpha-hydroxy acids, skin-nourishing nutrients, and skin conditioners such as aloe vera, shea butter, vitamin E, jojoba oil, and silicone.
Rick and Arlene Noodleman, the husband and wife team specializing in anti-aging dermatology and preventive medicine, respectively, Revercel(R) skin care takes a dual approach to prevent and treat the signs of aging through an artful combination of proven cosmeceutical ingredients, including peptides, retinols, alpha-hydroxy acids, botanicals and antioxidants.
Featuring proprietary formula Berridroxies, a unique extraction of European berries that performs the work of alpha-hydroxy acids without the usual accompanying irritation, the products have proven safe for all skin types.